Ordinarily, people have the idea that humor means you must be laughing at somebody behind their back, or that you think everything is corny and funny and doesn’t make any sense. There is immense aggression in that; such humor is crude and resentful. But genuine humor is some kind of delight. We begin to learn something about how reality works, not by studying scholastically but by perceiving how humor exists within the cosmic world. With that kind of humor, we begin to see through the separateness of me and others, others and me.
From “Self-Existing Humor” in True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art, page 87
Of Interest to Readers
Ocean of Dharma moderator Carolyn Gimian is featured in “Make Me One with Everything,” a forum on humor in the latest issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. Click here to read the panel discussion, which also features Bernie Glassman and Zoketsu Norman Fischer.